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ChemSearch Challenge 2016

The Elsevier-Reaxys ChemSearch Challenge is a chemistry search competition. A new challenge consisting of four or five questions will be posted every week for 8 consecutive weeks, and players compete on the speed with which they can submit correct answers.

Players can compete as individuals or groups, and a $200 donation will be made on behalf of each week’s winner to their choice of Doctors Without Borders, World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Partners in Health, or Oxfam International. In order to compete, an account is required.

The first challenge was posted on October 17, and subsequent challenges will be posted every Monday at 12 pm GMT.

For more information, please see:

Connect Your Scholarship: Open Access Week 2016

Open Access Week 2016

Open Access connects your scholarship to the world, and for the week of Oct. 24-28, the UC Berkeley Library is highlighting these connections with five exciting workshops and panels.

What’s Open Access?

Open Access (OA) is the free, immediate, online availability of scholarship. Often, OA scholarship is also free of accompanying copyright or licensing reuse restrictions, promoting further innovation. OA removes barriers between readers and scholarly publications—connecting readers to information, and scholars to emerging scholarship and other authors with whom they can collaborate, or whose work they can test, innovate with, and expand upon.

Open Access Week @ UC Berkeley

OA Week 2016 is a global effort to bring attention to the connections that OA makes possible. At UC Berkeley, the University Library—with participation from partners like the D-Lab, California Digital Library, DH@Berkeley, and more—has put together engaging programming demonstrating OA’s connections in action. We hope to see you there.


To register for these events and find out more, please visit our OA Week 2016 guide.

  • Digital Humanities for Tomorrow
    2-4 pm, Monday October 24, Doe Library 303
  • Copyright and Your Dissertation
    4-5 pm, Monday October 24, Sproul Hall 309
  • Publishing Your Dissertation
    2-3 pm, Tuesday October 25, Sproul Hall 309
  • Increase and Track Your Scholarly Impact
    2-3 pm, Thursday October 27, Sproul Hall 309
  • Current Topics in Data Publishing
    2-3 pm, Friday October 28, Doe Library 190

You can also talk to a Library expert from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Oct. 24-28 at:

  • North Gate Hall (Mon., Tue.)
  • Kroeber Hall (Wed.–Fri.)

Event attendance and table visits earn raffle tickets for a prize drawing on October 28!

Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Library, and organized by the Library’s Scholarly Communication Expertise Group. Contact Library Scholarly Communication Officer, Rachael Samberg (rsamberg@berkeley.edu), with questions.

Primary Sources: UCLA KTLA News Project

screenshot of news broadcast

Martin Luther King, Jr. campaigns for civil rights in Los Angeles.

The UCLA Film & Television archive recently added to its collection 100 clips of news footage from the 1950s to the 1980s filmed by Los Angeles station KTLA-TV.

According to the press release, “The curated news segments document local, national and international issues, covering politics, economics, civil rights and women’s activism, as well as African-American, Asian-American, Mexican-American, Native American and LGBT communities. Additional news stories on an expanded range of topics will be added to the portal on a periodic basis.”

Publish in RSC journals for free

RSC Gold for Gold

The UC Berkeley Library is partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry to support free Open Access publishing under the RSC’s Gold for Gold initiative.

But you must act soon: the Gold for Gold program will only continue until March 2017.

The program offers voucher codes that enable Berkeley researchers to publish their papers in Royal Society of Chemistry journals free of charge, as Gold Open Access (OA) articles, without paying the normal article publication fee (between £1000 and £2500).

You are eligible if:

  • You are a UC Berkeley affiliate (faculty, staff, or student)
  • Your article is new and has been accepted for publication by RSC (i.e., vouchers cannot be used for articles that have already been published) and
  • You have not previously received a Gold for Gold voucher from the UC Berkeley Library in 2016

The application form is available at http://goo.gl/GAUwr, and as noted above, vouchers must be used by March 2017.

Questions? Please contact Elliott Smith, Interim Chemistry Librarian, at esmith [at] library.berkeley.edu

Two New Journals Now Available, and One Discontinued

The Public Health Library is pleased to announce that you now have access to the full text of two new journals:

* AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control

* Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology

Along with this change, we have discontinued access to the full text of the Archives of Disease in Childhood. You will still be able to see articles from Volume 81 (July 2001) to Volume 101 Number 6 (June 2016), but if you need any others, you can request them through our Document Delivery service.

NCBI bioinformatics tools: An introduction


A hands-on workshop introducing NCBI bioinformatics tools such as PubMed, Gene, Protein, Nucleotide, and BLAST:

  • Starting with a disease, syndrome, or process, identify the genes/proteins involved
  • Starting with an organism and a protein, find the protein sequence and gene coding region
  • Starting with a sequence, identify the gene/protein and source

The workshop will cover selecting the proper tools for your question, navigating through the interlinked NCBI databases, and saving your results.

  • Date: Wednesday, Sept. 7
  • Time: 12 – 1 pm
  • Location: Bioscience Library Training Room, 2189 VLSB (inside the library)

Add this workshop to my bCal

Open to all interested students and researchers; no registration is required.

Questions? Contact esmith@library.berkeley.edu

Chinese Consul General: East Asian Library serves as gateway between China, U.S.

Peter X. Zhou, left, shares some of the library’s unique treasures with Luo Linquan, center, and his wife Qiao Li.

Peter X. Zhou, left, shares some of the library’s unique treasures with Luo Linquan, center, and his wife Qiao Li. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)


By the University Library, UC Berkeley

Chinese Consul General to San Francisco Luo Linquan and his wife Qiao Li visited the C.V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley on Tuesday, August 23. Luo presented a $25,000 gift to the library, which will primarily be used to purchase Chinese publications that will serve the informational, educational and cultural needs of scholars and patrons.

“To see is to believe,” said Consul General Luo, on his first visit to the East Asian Library. “When I saw this new shining and spacious building, I was convinced and impressed.”

Luo said that the services and scholarship provided by the East Asian Library strengthen exchanges between the two countries and “inject new and positive energy into China-U.S. relations.”

Peter X. Zhou, assistant university librarian and director of the East Asian Library, shared selected treasures from the East Asian Library collection, including a Buddhist sutra with an engraving date of 1115 and one of the first books to employ separate woodblocks for each color printed.

“We appreciate the support from the Chinese consulate general,” Zhou said. “Their wonderful gift will allow us to expand and further build our Chinese collections. The success of our work depends in large measures on the support from friends like the consul general and donors around the globe.”

Luo toured the library’s peaceful study spaces and rare book vault before attending a luncheon hosted by the library as a thank you for the gift and goodwill.

“The Berkeley Library is deeply grateful to Consul General Luo Linquan and the consulate for their support,” said University Librarian Jeff MacKie-Mason. “Our Starr East Asian Library provides public access to one of the most comprehensive collections of rare, historical and contemporary scholarly materials from China in the country, and thus serves as a valuable cultural, historical, and social bridge between our two nations.”

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library contains one of the most vast collections of materials in East Asian languages in the United States. Its combined holdings total over one million volumes in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other East Asian languages, making it one of the top two such collections in the United States outside of the Library of Congress.

Director of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library Peter X. Zhou, left, receives a gift from Chinese Consul General to San Francisco Luo Linquan.

Director of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library Peter X. Zhou, left, receives a gift from Chinese Consul General to San Francisco Luo Linquan. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Rare materials from the C.V. Starr East Asian Library collection.

Rare materials from the C.V. Starr East Asian Library collection. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Chinese Consul General to San Francisco Luo Linquan studies a rare book.

Chinese Consul General to San Francisco Luo Linquan studies a rare book. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Peter X. Zhou, left, presents the library’s rare book room.

Peter X. Zhou, left, presents the library’s rare book room. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

New Student Tech Support Desk in Moffitt Library

As part of a project called Student Computing @ Cal, that was funded over the summer by the Student Technology Fund, a new technology help desk launched on Monday, August 22 today in Moffitt Library.

Undergraduate and graduate students can stop by and get help with their own laptops, phones, tablets or other personal devices.

Help includes, but is not limited to:

  • Setting up your AirBears2 key
  • Downloading Cal provided software, such as the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Removing viruses

The technology help desk is located on the back side of the ID check desk inside the main 3rd floor entry.

Hours are posted at: https://rescomp.berkeley.edu/units/moffitt/

Students can call or email for help when the desk isn’t staffed (or any time):

A Night With Voice of Witness: August 16 @ 6pm in the MLK Student Union at UC Berkeley

This Tuesday—August 16, 2016—please join us along with Voice of Witness for an evening of oral history and human rights. OHC interviewer, Shanna Farrell, will moderate a lively discussion between Voice of Witness editors, Peter Orner (Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives) and Robin Levi (Inside this Place, Not of it: Narratives from Women’s Prisons) on the intersections of oral history methods, access, and social justice.

The event will begin at 6pm in the MLK Student Union’s Tilden Room (5th Floor). Light refreshments will be served and Voice of Witness books will be available for purchase.

This event is sponsored by OHC’s Advanced Oral History Summer Institute, which brings together students, faculty and scholars from across the United States for an intensive week of study and discussion. For more details, see the Oral History Center website.

Oral History Center event flyer

Oral History Center event flyer

What’s new about scanners

The Library has installed 48 new scanners around campus libraries with improved user interface and capabilities:

  • scan for free directly to email, cloud storage or a USB drive
  • improved scan-to-print
  • ADA features like audio narrative and magnification
  • additional file formats, including searchable pdf and mp3
  • greatly increased file size capacity, preventing annoying scan failures

See the Print/scan webpage for more details.

Scannx book scanners in the Library

Thanks to Library Systems Office for this great new service.

Post contributed by:
Lynn Jones, Reference Coordinator

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